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Ways to Practice Self-Care
How do you practice self-care? Sunday, July 24th is International Self-Care Day; self-care is about doing things for yourself to maintain your overall health and well-being.
It’s been a hectic year, so start today and use this day as a chance to reflect on your mind and body to make the rest of 2017 as healthy and successful as possible.
This year, I am 33 years old. My kids are self-sufficient to an extent and I am really shifting a big focus to my health. Since we are done having babies, Darasak and I have been on a journey since the beginning of the year to get back to a healthier lifestyle.
But, that isn’t always on the outside.
It is both inward and outward. So, if you’re looking to take care of yourself more this year and beyond, check out these ways to practice self-care.
Reflect on your goals
For many of us, we set resolutions in January, and while some of them last, they can often fall by the wayside come summer. A trick I like to use is writing goals in a journal weekly.
I do this to remind myself of my bigger year-long resolutions. That way, I’m reminded what I’m doing to achieve them on an ongoing basis. If you’re ever discouraged, don’t be afraid to ask your family and friends for help in achieving them!
Reflect on your health
With summer well underway, it’s important to reflect on your self-care routine for your body. Now might be the time to make sure you are scheduling all your regular screenings with your doctor.
Self-care routines are important year-round and it is crucial to wear sunscreen and follow other sun protection measures, like wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, a hat and sunglasses, to protect your skin from cancer-causing UV rays.
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On the other hand, when the sun is out, you are getting the full impact of UVA/UVB rays!
Reflect on your sleep schedule
Stress can cause all sorts of bad things, including a lack of sleep. To help clear your mind ahead of your bedtime, I suggest turning off all electronics at least an hour before you go to bed, and instead focus on some bedtime reading!
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Reflect on your nutrition
Lastly, a big part of self-care comes from nutrition. Up to 60 per cent of Canadians fall short in getting important nutrients from food alone.
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There you have it! Just 4 simple ways to give yourself a little self-care. The one way that I stay motivated is by reminding myself that I am worth the investment.
No matter how much time it takes away or how hard it is. I’m worth it.
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How do you practice self-care?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.